All the data reporting requirements for Skills Bootcamps


Training providers that are delivering Skills Bootcamps must meet a number of data reporting requirements, as outlined by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

Skills Bootcamps are flexible, government-funded training courses for adults aged 19+ who are looking to update or develop their skills. The courses are designed to equip learners with in-demand skills in sectors like digital, manufacturing, engineering, construction and green energy.

If you’ve been awarded a contract to deliver Skills Bootcamps, you’ll need to adhere to the ESFA’s funding and performance management rules. These rules include requirements around data accuracy, quality and security, as well as monthly reports on learner progress.

Submitting accurate data

As a Bootcamps supplier, it’s vital that your data is up to date and accurate. If your data doesn’t support the funding claimed, the ESFA will take action to correct this and recover the funds you overstated.

The data you supply should:

  • Adhere with the UK GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018
  • Support payments to be made
  • Enable reconciliation to take place
  • Support the contract management and assurance processes
  • Respond to any reasonable written request
  • Meet audit arrangements

If the ESFA has concerns about the quality of data you’ve provided (including the completeness or accuracy of the data), they may require you to supply data more frequently over a set period of time and agree how you will improve the quality of your data.

They may also audit your data and controls to make sure the quality improvements have been made.

Other data requirements include the submission of:

  • Performance management information every month, via the Contract Management Plan
  • Data sheets for all applicants, learners and employers via a secure data transfer form
  • An Individual Learner Record (ILR) to allow payments to be made

Reporting on learner progress

To ensure timely reporting, Skills Bootcamp suppliers should report on the next month reporting cycle:

  • New learner starts
  • Learners completing
  • Learner drop-outs
  • Job outcomes for learners, following an offer of a job by an employer to a learner
  • New opportunities/contracts for the self-employed

A new learner start is defined as a learner having registered and attended a Skills Bootcamp on day one, who remains on programme on day five. However, for reporting purposes within your contract monitoring plan and data sheet, you must report all learners based on their first day of training, even if they didn’t go on to attend for five qualifying days.

A learner is defined as completing a course when they’ve finished the training programme (and passed any required assessments), plus gained access to one of the following opportunities:

  • Offer of a job interview (either for continuous employment for at least 12 weeks or an apprenticeship) that utilises the new skills acquired through the Skills Bootcamp
  • New role and/or responsibilities that utilises the new skills acquired through the Skills Bootcamp
  • Written confirmation or plan from learners that details how the new learning has been/will be applied to acquire new opportunities/contracts
  • An offer of an accelerated apprenticeship interview linked to the new skills acquired on the Skills Bootcamp

The ILR requirements

You must accurately complete all ILR fields as outlined in the 2022-2023 ILR specification, even if they’re not required for funding purposes.

The ILR must accurately reflect the learning and support (where applicable) you have identified, planned and delivered to eligible individuals.

For detailed information on how to submit ILR data for Skills Bootcamps, see the ILR supplier support manual or ESFA Funding Rates and Formula document.

To record a Skills Bootcamp on the ILR, suppliers should use category code 62: Skills Bootcamp – Subject Learning. You can view all the category codes for use in ILR returns in the government guidance on Skills Bootcamps.

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